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UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee results and post-fight analysis

Tim B takes a look at tonight's UFC Fight Night show from San Diego, an event that featured another entertaining main card.

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Frank Mir knows how to entertain, that's for sure. He might not be the most popular UFC heavyweight but he's certainly fascinating to watch. Tonight in a main event matchup against hard-hitting Todd Duffee, you'd think the submission ace would try to get the striker to the floor and work from there. Instead, he decided to chuck knuckles with a guy that knocks people out on the regular.

Guess what? He won.

Mir and Duffee both ran to the center of the octagon and started to beat the tar out of each other immediately. Mir landed two lefts that staggered Duffee a bit. Duffee fired back with a big shot that definitely stung Mir. They went at it some more, with Duffee reaching a bit - then he walked into a perfect left from Mir. He was going forward. Mir threw it with murderous intentions. Duffee hit the ground soon after, completely unconscious. It was 73 seconds of absolute mayhem, and I loved the hell out of it.

Does this mean Mir's super relevant again all of a sudden? Not really. But he's still a guy that can beat a lot of UFC heavyweights on any given night, and deserves the respect that comes with that. It takes a lot of balls to sit in the pocket and exchange with Duffee, and it takes a lot of skill to come out on top. Frank Mir has plenty of both.

  • Josh Thomson is double tough. Tony Ferguson busted him open multiple times, hit him with a bunch of thunderous shots, and tried to choke him out a few times too for good measure. Nothing worked. Ferguson clearly won the fight of course, but Thomson was right in front of him till the final horn, doing everything he could to get back in the fight. You have to respect that. As for Ferguson, he's got everything necessary to be a title contender at lightweight and I can't wait to see who he gets next.
  • I've seen fights with a lot of strikes that missed. The name Matt Riddle comes to mind. But the first two rounds of the Holly Holm vs. Marion Reneau bout featured more misses than any bout I've ever witnessed. It was crazy. Holm finally got her rhythm late in the second and beat Reneau up in the third, but the fight was pretty ugly up until then. Holm herself has always said she wants a few fights in the UFC before she ever gets near a title shot, so it's unfair to say that she has no chance against Ronda Rousey right now. But it's an unfair world and I'm an unfair person, so she has no chance against Ronda Rousey right now.
  • Manny Gamburyan and Scott Jorgensen engaged in a spirited bantamweight bout that saw both men have their moments. Gamburyan just had more of them, mixing in solid grappling with some big power shots to get the win. For Jorgensen, losing 7 of 9 probably means he gets his pink slip.
  • Kevin Lee is slick. At just 22, he has a very well-rounded game and he used the grappling aspect of that to choke out James Moontasri in under three minutes. That's four wins in a row now, with his only loss coming to Al Iaquinta. Not bad, not bad at all. The fight did feature an amusing double eyepoke as well, which was the only thing to make me laugh all night.
  • Alan Jouban and Matt Dwyer certainly kicked off the main card in style, completely crushing the prelims fights in terms of entertainment. Jouban put it on Dwyer, who showed a lot of heart and a lot of fight as well. Jouban unquestionably hit the move of the night - a cartwheel kick at the end of the second round. He rode his striking to the victory in a bout that won't be easily forgotten.
  • The four prelim fights on FS1 were pretty underwhelming. Sean Strickland really looked like he was going to finish Igor Araujo in the first, but he cruised to a decision victory nonetheless. Rani Yahya just held onto Masanori Kanehara's leg for half the fight, but it was enough to win a split decision. Sarah Moras spent almost the whole fight trying to flop to the floor to engage there with opponent Jessica Andrade, but just got beat up for trying (except for a last-minute scare). In the featured prelim, hard hitter Sam Sicilia spent a lot of time grappling with Yaotzin Meza for some reason, and after 67 guillotine attempts from each man, it was Sicilia that walked out with the win.
  • The Fight Pass bouts featured one finish and one dud. Lyman Good looked excellent in his UFC debut, stopping Andrew Craig in the second round with strikes. The other bout, Kevin Casey vs. Ildemar Alcantara, was plodding and not worth talking about.